It should come as no surprise to anyone that the progressive left has jumped on an opportunity to aggressively pursue those on the right with fervor.
Unhappy with the fact that 47 GOP Senators forwarded a letter to Iran’s leadership in what has been described as an attempt to curtail President Barack Obama’s nuclear negotiations, a petition was placed on the White House website calling for charges of treason to be filed against those senators.
The petition alleges that a treasonous offense was committed when the Logan Act of 1799 was violated. The Logan Act forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Those found guilty are considered in violation of a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.
The White House is required to respond to any petition that exceeds 100,000 signatures within 30 days. The petition currently has over 228,000 signatures.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas adamantly denies that Congress was negotiating with the Iranian government.
“It’s the job of the president to negotiate but it’s the job of Congress to approve,” Cotton said in an interview with ABC News. “We’re simply trying to say that Congress has a constitutional role to approve any deal, to make sure that Iran never gets a nuclear weapon. Not today, not tomorrow, not ten years from now.”
Many Americans may feel that the senators should have addressed Obama directly instead of sending a letter to the Iranian government informing Iran that any agreement entered into with Obama could expire at the end of his term. However, pointing out the boundaries of the laws of the United States would be a stretch to consider it “negotiations.”
Additionally, Article II of the U.S. Constitution specifies the authority of a President in entering into treaties with other countries. It holds in part that, “The President…shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…”
There are some who believe that the Framers of the Constitution wanted both the President and the Congress to be actively involved during the treaty process. In other words, they wanted Congress to be involved “during” the negotiations, lending advice to the President, to guarantee that the best interests of the U.S. were protected. This information further acts to discount the allegations of “treason” stated in the petition.
The progressive left typically asserts issues to denounce actions of Republicans that they deem unsuitable on a regular basis. This is nothing new.
Issues regarding political correctness “violations” or instances of the “war on woman” committed by Republicans are commonplace in the mainstream media. The latest attempt to concoct another scheme to convince the public that the GOP committed a crime is just a part of the progressive agenda.
What is uncommon for the progressive left, it seems, is that they are not as quick to point out and start petitions for “real” issues such as the pervasive war on women in Iran.
According to the Association of Women’s Rights in Development or AWID, women and men in Iran do not enjoy equal treatment under Islamic law.
Also, stories about violence committed against Iranian women regularly permeate International news. Frequent reports of women who have been victims of horrendous acid attacks by men who felt justified under the law to punish them in this way, are all too common.
Perhaps those fighting for Obama’s “sole” right to enter into a nuclear deal with a country that commits heinous civil rights violations against its own people, should ask themselves the following questions.
First, why are we negotiating with a country when we are aware of the violent and unlawful treatment it commits against its own citizens?
Secondly, is entering into an agreement with a country who allows such actions to be taken, truly in the best interests of the U.S.?
Finally, if the answer is yes, then because of the nature of the treaty and our awareness of how they regard their own people, wouldn’t America’s interests be better served by involving Congress in that decision making process, as well?
Perhaps it’s time to start a new White House petition which would replace the current one.
This petition should ask Obama why he is willing to negotiate with a country when he is aware of the violence that is being committed and condoned on a daily basis against the citizens of Iran at the hands of the Iranian government, without first demanding that they stop these violations.
The petition should mandate that no agreement be contemplated with a country without first assuring that the civil rights of the people of that country are intact.
These laws and violent acts are not condoned by the American people in our own country, so it makes no sense that our government would be willing to negotiate with a country who does sanction such acts.
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